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1) First, read a news story from the newspaper or the Internet.  Answer the foll

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First, read a news story from the newspaper or the Internet.  Answer the following questions regarding your news story: 1) What is the main issue, who are the main actors being discussed;  
Second, choose one of the assigned articles you read for this week.  Answer the following questions regarding the assigned article: 1) What are the basics of this article (who, what, when, how, why, etc.);  2) What is the overall main point the author is trying to convince you of?  3) Do you agree with the author’s argument?  Why?  Why not?   
Finally, tie together your news story with what you learned from the assigned article, textbook readings, podcasts, videos, etc. for this week.  Type your answers using your own words, no outline or bullets, complete sentences and paragraphs, single-spaced, full-page. 
2)Do you think the political system of federalism was a good or bad idea for the United States?  Tell me why you feel this way.  Write your thoughts here.  You should write about 1 paragraph (75 words).  You should also write replies to other people’s posts on the discussion board.  Please be respectful of other people’s opinions.  This is meant to be an interactive and lively discussion between students.